Turkish man detained over killing, dismembering wife

Women shout slogans and hold a portrait of 20-year-old Ozgecan Aslan, who was murdered after she resisted an alleged attempt to rape her in the southern city of Mersin, during a demonstration against Aslan's murder in Ankara on February 18, 2015. (File photo: AFP)

A mentally ill Turkish man has been detained for allegedly murdering his wife and dumping her dismembered body at a garbage dump in Istanbul -- the latest grisly killing of a woman in Turkey.

The murder came amid public anger over the murder and attempted rape of a 20-year-old female student by a bus driver last week.

The man, 43-year-old Tahir Kart, reported his wife missing on Wednesday but later confessed to having stabbed her "in a fit of rage," private news agency Dogan reported.

Kart, who was diagnosed with schizophrenia 11 years ago, reportedly told police that he had chopped his wife's body into pieces and later dumped it.

The case comes after the killing of Ozgecan Aslan sent shockwaves through the entire country, with thousands taking to the streets since her death in an outpouring of anger on social media and allegations that the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) has not done enough to protect women.

On Wednesday around 15,000 people, all wearing black, marched near a university in Mersin, where Aslan was a psychology student.

According to the Platform to Stop Violence Against Women activist group, 294 women were killed by men in 2014.

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:46 - GMT 06:46